NHS Dental Care

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Here at Ascent Dental Care Loughborough we are proud to offer NHS care, as one of the leading NHS Dental Centres in Loughborough we aim to provide you with the help and support you need to maintain your oral health.
The NHS has three groups (called bands) under which NHS dental treatments fall: Band 1, Band 2 and Band 3. Each band has a set charge for each course of treatment and if any exceptions apply you will be notified during your treatment by your Dentist.

Treatment OptionBand 1 - £21.60 Band 2 - £59.10 Band 3 - £256.50
Dental Examination
Diagnosis (Including X-Rays)
Advice on how to prevent future problems
A scale and polish if clinically required
Application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant
Root Canal Treatment×
Removal of teeth×
Dental Implants×××

You do not need to pay NHS dental charges if you are:

  • Under 18, or under 19 and in full-time education
  • Pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months
  • Being treated in an NHS hospital and your treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist (but you may have to pay for any dentures or bridges)
  • Receiving low income benefits, or you're under 20 and a dependant of someone receiving low income benefits
  • Entitled to or named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • Entitled to or named on a valid HC2 certificate – which is available for people on a low income

You're also able to claim free NHS dental treatment if you or your spouse (including civil partner) receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Universal Credit (in certain circumstances)

People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help towards their NHS dental fees.

You will be asked to show us proof that you don't need to pay for all or part of your NHS treatment. You'll also be asked to sign an NHS form, prior to your appointment, to confirm that you don't have to pay NHS charges.

There are no charges for the following treatments if they are carried out under the NHS;

  • To have your dentures repaired (sometimes it is not possible to repair dentures and a new denture may be required, which you would need to pay for as a Band 3 charge)
  • For having stitches out
  • If your dentist has to stop bleeding from your mouth

If you are asked to see another dentist, for NHS treatment, within the practice whilst you are undergoing a course of treatment you will only pay one charge. However, if you are referred to an external dentist or a specialist dentist, further charges will apply as it will be regarded as a separate course of treatment. The amount you need to pay will always be discussed with you by your dentist beforehand.

You will be asked to pay for your NHS treatment at the start of the course of treatment. We accept several methods of payment including cash, all major debit and credit cards including AMEX and we can also accept bank transfer payments.

How to claim a refund of NHS charges

If you have already paid for your NHS treatment but later found out that you were entitled to have it for free or at a reduced rate, you may be able to claim a refund of the NHS charge. You will need to request your refund within three months of the date that you paid for your treatment. You cannot claim this refund from the practice, you will need to complete a HC5 (D) NHS form which can be downloaded here.